?? how do you manage your stock without worming?? just curious. we have horses and cows but were religious about worming. guess we just dont want to be feeding the worms lol its expencive. plus we compete our horses so they can pick up worms when they are out. so i guess might be diff smile
We only have a few animals, but they are all raised organically. We don'to don't take any of them out and about. We basically try and use preventative measures to prevent worms from getting out of kilter in their system. So rotational grazing, mixed grazing, resting pasture etc. Apple cider vinegar and garlic is good for keeping them at bay, so they get a little of this in their supplement feed. We basically keep a very close eye on them and if we need we can take a fecal sample to the vets for testing. Although we have never needed to. So in 10 years, we have never had an animal show symptoms of worm inbalance or be sick in any way. (goats, pony, cow, sheep, chooks) They are also given a selection of browse to chew on as many animals can pick what they need when they need it.
For us, we want the cow to milk, the sheep to eat, we eat the eggs from the chooks and meat - so it is in our best interest to keep the animals as chemical free as possible. So far, they have never had a medication -preventative or otherwise and the only chemicals they have had is whatever is in the hay or supp feed. (although we don't use any feed with preventative medication in it) We also give them a nutrient supplement like vitalik in their feed to ensure they are getting enough vit and minerals. I have heard worms get out of balance when they are deficient in some things - which does make sense!
There are also some animals that you can run together that keep the worms in check. apparently geese and horses work well together and that is why you see old paintings with geese around the stables.
So, its all trial and error - but so far we have never had a drama. We follow many of Pat Colebys guidelines and are always looking out for new ideas. Our neighbours think we are crazy....but its working for us and so many other people that run their animals organically. We aren't refusing to use wormers or medication - just using them when needed instead of as a preventative. Hope that makes sense!!